Transylvania with Kids in Summer

Going on a summer trip to Romania with your kids can prove to be both challenging and exciting. Have you ever wondered how many children attractions are there on a summer vacation in Romania? Fortunately, we have compiled a list of 10 most exciting destinations in one of its historical regions, which will ease your vacation preparations. Transylvania with kids in summer surely is an unforgettable experience for the entire family. Therefore, we kindly asked some Romanian children to name a few of their favorite settings in Transylvania. Here come their recommendations.

Top 10 Destinations | Transylvania with Kids in Summer

You will always have Brașov city (Kronstadt in German) as a camping base for most of your Transylvanian explorations. Some of the attractions listed below require considering the sunny weather. So do not forget that kids need to spend time in the great outdoors, enjoying the sun and engaging in fun activities. From Brașov, you will be able to reach most of our picks for a magical time in Transylvania with kids in summer.

Aquatic Paradise in Brașov

Paradisul Acvatic or the Aquatic Paradise is the perfect summer vacation spot for relaxation and lots of joyful splashes. With indoor and outdoor children pools, slides and playgrounds the Aquatic Paradise is the ideal environment for a child’s summer vacation. Not to mention, this place is on the outskirts of Brașov, within a stone’s throw from any accommodation.

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Aquatic Paradise in Brașov

Adventure Park in Brașov

Another nearby highly recommended spot for kids is the Adventure Park. Situated in the southern part of Brașov, on the way to Săcele, Parc Aventura is a leisure settlement in the forest. Nonetheless, it is a safe place where kids can climb and slide on ropes with the assurance that they are supervised. Adults can join in in this Peter Panish adventure and try one of the wooden footbridge tracks.

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Adventure Park in Brașov

Dinosaur Park in Râșnov

Probably one of the most beloved and uncanny Transylvanian attraction is the Dino-Parc in Râșnov. This park has a mesmerizing look for kids. It is decorated with 50 real-sized dinosaurs. Dino-Parc is an open museum full of thrills. Furthermore, a 9D cinema, a unique archeology exhibition, a laser maze and adventure route are some of the facilities Romanian children are happy to explore.

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Dino Parc Râșnov

Dracula’s Castle in Bran

Very much familiar with Dracula’s castle, tourists from all over the world come to climb the mountains and visit the legendary Transylvanian site. The Adventures of Kiara Yew have passed through the famous Bran Castle and have been recounted here. Popular culture is filled with different representations of this imaginary character. Why not offer your kids a chance to learn about the true story of the castle?

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Bran Castle by Karl Vesterberg 2015

The Peleș Castle in Sinaia

Transylvania with kids in summer does not always mean you will get sunny weather for all your vacation. Rainy days in the mountains are often expected even during summer, so a visit to a castle-museum is definitely on a little princess’ or prince’s list. The Peleș Castle is not like any others in Transylvania. It has an armor hall and a Turkish saloon. Kings and queens have slept in its rooms, and it was the first castle in Romania to have electricity and central heating in 1914. To arrive at Peleș, you must first take the train from Brașov to Sinaia. Then, you can quickly order a cab or an Uber to the bring you closer to the Castle.

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Peleș Castle Photo by Nate Robert via Flickr

Bear Watching and Romanian Wildlife

Bear watching in Romania won’t be anything similar to running into a circus animal, for the Carpathian Ursus Arctos is no caricature. Although we think it is fun and adventurous to watch bears in their habitat, children have to prepare for such a task and follow adults. Bears in Brașov and Harghita have been famous for their interaction with the human settlers in the area. For shepherds and bears, it has been a matter of coexistence for hundreds of years.

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Bear Sanctuary in Zărnești, Romania.

Transylvania with kids and horses

Among the fun things to do in Romania is exploring new landscapes on the back of a horse. A trip to Romania with kids can be an opportunity to learn about this magnificent animal. Kids found this superb place only 50km West of Brașov, where together with their parents can go on horse riding trips. Meanwhile, cart rides and hiking trips, bear watching and pony riding, are some of the other exciting attractions in Șinca Nouă, Transylvania.

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Șinca Nouă Horse Riding Lessons 

Village crafts in Viscri Transylvania

On the road to Sighișoara from Brașov, it is a loss not to stop by Viscri, a magical well-preserved Saxon village. Now, this is a village where children truly enjoy the local crafts workshops. Not surprisingly, it is Prince Charles’s favorite place in Romania. He has been visiting on numerous occasions. Moreover, Viscri’s fortified church and fortress are a part of the UNESCO World Heritage. So the more reasons to visit with your kids and try old and new crafts, photography and even Saxon cooking lessons.

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Viscri village in Transylvania. View from the fortified church

Taking the Cable Car on Tâmpa in Brașov

For a family hike made easy, the cable car at the Tâmpa mountain feet is quite the entertainment. Indeed, to hike the 930m hill can also prove to be an invigorating vacation exercise for you and your children. However, Brașov’s famous Hollywoodian sign awaits your arrival either on foot or by cable car.

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Tâmpa mountain view from behind the Brașov sign. Photo via Keep up with the Carpathians

Visiting the Medieval Town of Sighișoara

Last but not least in our top 10 is the beautiful medieval fortress of Sighișoara, the place of exile for Vlad Dracul the father of Vlad the Impaler. Mid-Summer is chiefly welcomed in Sighișoara with a famous Medieval Festival. This year the festival is held from Friday, July 27th until Sunday, July 29th and it celebrates the walled old town’s history. Here are some other Medieval festivals in Transylvania for the enthusiasts who wish to travel in time.

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A painting of medieval Sighișoara

Finally, the Romanian children’s recommendations could not have come more suited for summer preparations. Altogether, we wish you sunny days for camping in case you want to be closer to the Romanian wildlife.

When To See Bears in Romania

When to see bears in Romania is probably the first question that pops up in your mind if you are an animal lover or an adventurous traveler. Usually, the season when bears come out of their winter dens is between mid-March and late October. Summer is the time when bears are most active. We recommend organized tours in the Carpathian forest with best chances of viewing and admiring bears between the half of May and the beginning of September. In Transylvania, Zărnești and Brașov cities are the areas most looked for in bear watching. Depending on what time of the year is your visit programmed, you may be able to see the bears surrounded by their little cubs.

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Humphrey the bear, a Disney character 

Bear watching in Romania won’t be anything similar to running into a circus animal, for the Carpathian Ursus Arctos is no caricature. Although we think it is fun and adventurous to watch bears in their habitat, children have to prepare for such a task and follow adults. Bears in Brașov and Harghita have been popular for their interaction with the human settlers in the area. For shepherds and bears, it has been a matter of coexistence for hundreds of years.

When To See Bears in Romania | A list of tours

First on our list is Absolute Carpathian, a certified tour operator from Zărnești, Romania. Experts in tracking and observing wildlife, they were part of the Carpathian Large Carnivore Project for four years.

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A bear family | Photo by Zolt Babos

The second one we recommend is a tour that starts in central Brașov with a meeting point at the History Museum in Piața Sfatului. The trip is at sunset. You will be joined by a forest ranger who will bring you one of the many custom designed bear hides.

With our third choice, you can easily book a bear watching short trip for 3 to 4 hours. The tour’s guide is a Romanian wildlife researcher with an experience of over 15 years in the Carpathian Mountains. The National Forest Authority operates the bear observation hideout.

The fourth on our list and the most endearing is an 8-day trekking tour in Transylvania,  Romania. It includes a visit to Bran Castle, hiking to Piatra Craiului National Park, and of course, bear watching as one of the best activities in this area. They say from June to August is when to see bears in Romania.

Fifth and last but not least, is this wildlife experience that offers not only bear watching but also the lynx, wolves, the red deer, and the wild boar.

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A young bear | Photo by Zoltan Gergely Nagy

Conservation projects are essential for ensuring the long-term survival of brown bears in Romania. That is why bear-watching tours also raise awareness on the issue, besides being a fun thing to do.

Bear Watching Romania

When it comes to bear watching Romania is the perfect place to admire them. If you are looking for an activity to reconnect you with nature, then Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Zărnești is the place to visit. Despite its wilderness, you will feel safe and sound, and able to admire a bear habitat.

The Brown Bear in the Carpathian Mountains

According to World Wild Life, the most massive specimen of Ursus Arctos was caught in Romania, and it weighed 480 kg. The Carpathian Mountains, from Slovakia to Romania, have an estimated population of 8,000 brown bears. Of this number, 6,000 live in the Romanian Carpathians. Hunters still go for the Romanian brown bears every year. Fortunately, large forested enclosures have been providing the best habitat and wildlife awareness. Children are very enthusiastic to learn about and watch bears climb trees or play in the water pools. This way they could better understand the beautiful animal.

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Brown Bear by Jens Wilhelm Jansen via Cottage Life

Bear Watching Romania | Libearty Bear Sanctuary

The highly acclaimed sanctuary is home to over 70 rescued bears. Once captive as pets or circus and restaurant attractions, their rescue started in 2005 with the creation of this sanctuary. An oak and hazel forest has been their home for more than 12 years already. The best time to see bears in Romania is at Libearty Bear Sanctuary, in Zărnești, in the early hours of the day. Bears tend to take their naps in the afternoon. There is also a train tour available during the summer mornings. A Romanian bear watching tour experience is one of a kind in Europe.

 

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Zarnesti Libearty Bear Sanctuary

 

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Brown bears hug

There are many fun things to do in Romania for all kinds of travelers. A bear sanctuary is an extraordinary learning place for children. For adults, bears have been a source of inspiration for beautiful stories. They are marvelous animals.